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Point/Counterpoint : Opposing Perspectives on Issues of Drug Policy

Point/Counterpoint : Opposing Perspectives on Issues of Drug Policy - 03 edition

Point/Counterpoint : Opposing Perspectives on Issues of Drug Policy - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9780205336074

ISBN10: 0205336078

Point/Counterpoint : Opposing Perspectives on Issues of Drug Policy by Charles F. Levinthal - ISBN 9780205336074
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Published: 2003
International: No
Point/Counterpoint : Opposing Perspectives on Issues of Drug Policy by Charles F. Levinthal - ISBN 9780205336074

ISBN13: 9780205336074

ISBN10: 0205336078

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03

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Summary

This text reader presents differing perspectives with detailed commentary on the policy debate surrounding current drug policy.

The world of legal and illegal drugs is examined from sociological, historical, and biological perspectives through articles garnered from popular magazines, medical journals, and government documents.

The framework of this book allows students to access material from diverse disciplines and encourages them to engage in a discussion. Point/Counterpoint: Opposing Perspectives on Issues of Drug Policy, presents a wide range of views to help shape and broaden the current debate over the theories and realities which infuse the drug policy debate.

The book opens with selections on the question of drug legalization, and then extends the parameters of the discussion to the social implications of drug policy. Next, the prevention and medicalization of drug dependency and abuse are considered in light of recently-published research. Finally, the government's role in decriminalization and regulation of marijuana and prescription drugs is investigated and critiqued.

Point/Counterpoint: Opposing Perspectives on Issues of Drug Policy is a book that stands alone, but it is recommended that this text be used in conjunction with Drugs, Behavior, and Modern Society, also by Levinthal.

Features :

  • Each chapter features an introduction that provides relevant history and statistics in order to establish a framework for discussion of the selected debate.
  • Chapters have 3-4 selections that present direct commentary on the given topic to provide students with compelling and interesting arguments for various sides of a dialogue.
  • End-of-chapter excerpts deliver the core concepts of the articles featured in the chapter, providing a summary of what students have just read.
  • Questions to ponder at the end of each chapter encourage critical thinking and in-class discussion.
  • Suggestions for further reading and Web sites to explore offer students access to additional resources and information about the issues covered in the text.

Author Bio

Levinthal, Charles F. : Hofstra University

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